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Technical Advisor, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Social Affairs
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Job Overview:

The Technical Advisor (TA) for Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS) will support the Mental Health and Psychosocial Service efforts of IRC within the Resettlement, Asylum and Integration department (RAI). The TA will support RAI’s efforts in the U.S. and Europe to develop, disseminate, pilot and evaluate culturally and linguistically appropriate trauma-informed, evidence-based treatments and service interventions, with a special focus on reducing child and family trauma. The individual will partner with and build the capacity of IRC RAI offices and other service providers to deliver high-quality MHPSS services to refugees, asylum seekers, and other forcibly displaced individuals and families. The TA is expected to integrate MHPSS evidence and best practices with strategies to overcome barriers that prevent many forcibly displaced community members from receiving, benefitting from, and responding to MHPSS services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with partners and beneficiaries develop and adapt culturally and linguistically appropriate trauma-informed, evidenced based treatments, service interventions, and guidance materials, with an emphasis on children and families who have experienced trauma.
  • Provide technical assistance to RAI offices and other service agencies on best practices in MHPSS interventions and materials for forcibly displaced communities and comprehensive case management approaches that decrease risk and increase protective factors.
  • Develop and disseminate guidelines and resources for community outreach and education on MHPSS with forcibly displaced communities.
  • Manage the process of MHPSS interventions being disseminated and replicated.
  • Develop and deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate training and related materials on forcibly displaced communities.
  • Contribute to building a diverse MHPSS workforce by developing the capacity of staff to deliver MHPSS interventions and mainstream approaches.
  • Develop, support, and maintain relationships with various RAI office teams and external service agencies to best support forcibly displaced individuals and families.
  • Strengthen and expand partnerships with RAI office teams and external service providers to solicit and integrate feedback to continually inform the development of needed resources.
  • Provide ongoing analysis of MHPSS program activities, including supporting monitoring and evaluation of efforts to determine and adjust approaches as needed.
  • Support business development efforts for MHPSS initiatives at the field-level and across RAI, including contributing to proposal development and other funding opportunities.
  • Participate in team meetings, staff development activities, and fully engage as a member of the team.
  • Adhere to all IRC’s organizational policies, procedures and protocols including professional and ethical standards, client confidentiality, and privacy practices.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or related mental health field. Independent clinical licensure preferred.
  • At least five years of MHPSS related work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with refugee and asylum populations.
  • Strong expertise on the impacts of trauma on individuals, families, and children.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical support and work effectively with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter with excellent project management skills, including the proven ability to prioritize and effectively manage competing demands and complete project tasks on time.
  • Strong external relations and partnership development experience.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work as a team member with collaborative partners, the community, and clients in a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; fluency in additional language relevant to refugee and asylum populations preferred
  • Computer proficiency, including MS Office, internet applications and case management databases (ETO a plus)

Working Environment:

Up to 20% travel in non-COVID contexts. Currently 100% remote.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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